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place right on ukraine's doorstep with tens of thousans russian troops participating, and russia fighter jets on combat alert, so people here certainly concerned about a ratcheting up of tensions. for "cbs this morning," clarissa ward, kiev. >>> it's been raining in los angeles this morning, and california is preparing for several inches of rain that could bring mudslides. and megan is tracking the severe weather. >> good morning to the viewers in the west. we are looking at more rain headed your way with another storm system. between now and 48 hours from now, high accumulation rates are expected. around the coast, we will see as much as almost 4 inches of rainfall, but high elevation snow could be quite impressive as well. we worry about landslides and mudslides and potential for severe weather for you, but in the midwest it's all about the cold air. windchills could drop at 50 below. what we see in terms of the weekend system is the low pressure from the west coast will run into colder air and could created an issue for more than 100 million americans from idaho to the west coast brin
a repeat of the square in kiev where the revolution happened. armed men surrounded the airport at the regional capital and the military airport where the russian navy black sea's fleet is based. both airports are back under ukraine control. they have plans to hold a referendum in way about taking a greater independence in russia. last week, he was in the president's chair and now he is on the run for mass murder. yanukovych is blaming the west for medaling in the affairs and being responsible for the chao. he vowed to return to ukraine as soon as he feels safe. >> i am ashamed. actually, what is more, i would like to apologize. i would like to apologize to the veter veterans, to the people of juan ukraine for what happened in ukraine, for the fact that i didn't have enough strength to get stability and i allowed this to happen. >> reporter: he was asked about the reports of stealing millions, if not billions, from the coughers, he claims he'd didn't have overseas bank accounts. but switzerland froze branch bank accounts in yanukovych's name. >>> drought-stricken southern califo
shown an example to us all. [speaking in native tongue] >> translator: what happened in ukraine is a step further democracy. now there is a discussion about the legitimacy of what happened and yanukovych has so much blood on his hands to lea leave the country and anyway he left the kiev in the midst of a crisis. i want to thank the european union because let's be very clear the foreign ministers who negotiated on behalf of the european union contributed not only to the end of the violent killing that contributed to the strong sufficient european union inside ukraine and for the changes because it shows the weakness of president yanukovych. now the situation and i want to honor all of the people who really want to stay until they are sure that things will improve because once already we had of the revolution may be in the two revolutions we had and they said because politicians rather pu pulled up the cells instead of the people like citizens of ukraine. to help overcome these politically arguing among themselves. why do we change the language law concerning the minority language
engagement. secretary kerry, please to speak on television as we were coming over here this morning to kiev as a step in the right direction. it would've been more than official if secretary of defense haeckel also visited ukraine, and we should see visits by other nato and european union foreign and defense ministers to express their support for the newly established government and the territorial integrity of ukraine. number two, assistants, that ukraine economy is a disaster in many ways, that the ukrainian military will require significant assistance as opposed to have confidence in his ability to defend itself going into the future, that for both the united states, nato, there's need to assess what our ukraine's economic and self-defense requirements, and to expeditiously provide those requirements both through nato and bilateral between the united states and you crane. just as an example, in 2008 after the russia-georgia war, within one month congress passed an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would provide not $50 million immediately for georgia, just a down payment o
to the political standoff in kiev, but he also said the government in kiev is not legitimate. it's a revolutionary government, and, therefore, russia is not constrained to abide by the commitments that they made to ukraine to respect its territorial integrity. that was a very ominous threat, if you ask me, and i think he hasn't decided how -- which way he wants to go yet. i don't think he knows what his end game strategy is just yet. >> could you ever ascertain that? would you be willing to go out and describe what his end game is in this situation, in this context? >> well, i know what his big strategy was. i mean, is just working in moscow just last week, right, and the main strategy that he wanted to achieve in that part of the world was to create this you're ray sha economic union. they were feeling pretty good about that a few months ago when president yanukovych decided not to sign up with the european union. however, yanukovych's government collapsed, he fled, and putin was embarrassed by that. he felt like his main supporter in ukraine had been overthrown by the west, and so crimea was his
a very close ally when he was depose d and sent from kiev and now is sending troops in. i think we need to reject, the united states needs to reject, the zero sum look at this that ukraine must choose to be russian or choose to be western. this is a sovereign nation. they should be able to live how they please and have their sovereignty respected. he broke that. i think the readout you read out earlier was remarkable. i've worked on a lot of these at the white house and it was trying to figure out ways to say nothing with different words. they talked about issues of mutual concern, whatever. this was direct. this was in putin's face. and letting him know there will be diplomatic consequences like kicking them out of the g-8, sanctions, breaking off trade talks. there's little you can do it here militarily. i don't think it's in the u.s. interests to start a war with russia but there will be an international response. it will be isolating for russia. >> what does that mean, elise, do you think, to somebody like putin? we're not going to participate in the prep pratory meetings for the g-
this morning to confront the crisis in ukraine. however, russia's president publicly defended his use of military force in the region. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell joins us on the phone from the ukrainian capital of kiev. andrea, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. secretary kerry has just arrived in kiev and is walking to light a candle at the shrine in the square for the fallen. he came here with a promise of $1 billion loan guarantees and technical support to help ukraine fight corruption and recover stolen assets, also help its central banks and help it recover from the loss of the energy supplies from russia. but at this time, he says, and his aides say they are trying to give vladimir putin an off ramp from the crisis. despite that, putin's remarks today saying he reserves the right to use force would indicate that he is not taking that. and that he has effectively asserted operational control over crimea without the use of force according to u.s. officials traveling with kerry. right now, we are in the square and kerry is walking to li
having way too much fun in spain this week. jon, see you soon. >>> tensions are high in the ukraine this morning after russian president vladimir putin put troops in western russia on high alert. we'll go live on the ground in kiev with the latest. >>> start-up billed it's as anti-bank. more tech focused, less bureaucratic. why is the company now selling itself to a gigantic traditional bank? the ceo will join news a moment. >>> rick santelli watching something today. rick, what is it? >> you know, alan greenspan once called u.s. productivity the silver bullet. well, maybe it's more like bronze or may be more like lead these days. consider, for 2011-2012-2013 thus far, 1.1% is what productivity averaged. since '48, it's been 2 1/2%. we're going to talk to leo who wrote an article about productivity and why we need to pay attention to how low it's moving. this is a big one. you want to testify it inially tune in at the bottom of the hour. >>> take a look at the consumer discretionary sector. it's been volatile this year. one of the winners on the s&p today, dominic chu at hq with mor
, thank you very much. >>> nathalie has breaking news to talk to the volatile situation in ukraine. >> now we are hearing first words from the ousted president, viktor yanukovych. dozens of pro russian gun men seized control in the crimea region. richard engel is in kiev with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: well, we now think we know where he is. a russian source says viktor yanukovych has been granted asylum in russia after he appealed to russian authorities for his personal protection. he was asking for russian security. but meanwhile on the ground here in ukraine the situation continues to deteriorate mostly in crimea. russian flags flying over the regional parliament in crimea put there after pro-russian gun men took control of the building overnight. they want this region part of ukraine near the russian border to join with russia. russia has military bases in crimea. the huge black sea fleet is based there. russia has said it will react uncompromisingly to defend its interest. russia put its air force on alert and began six days of war games near the border. 150,000 ground tro
in ukraine. after two volatile days of trading markets are calm today. it comes on the heels of a new $15 billion aid package from the eu. nbc's ian williams is live in kiev. ian, this has largely become at this point a war of words. >> that's right, kay la. it's been a curious day. and diplomacy is under way in paris as we speak. john kerry secretary of state, is sitting down with other western foreign ministers and sergei lavrov the russian foreign minister. the question is whether they're speaking the same language because earlier lavrov said he couldn't do anything about those soldiers that have taken control of crimea because they didn't belong to russia. they described them as a self-defense force that was a lure unto itself. it will be interesting to see what emerges. at the same time russia is sitting down with representatives of nato in brussels. at least they are talking. as you say, that $15 billion aid package from the eu the europeans weighing in following the u.s. offer of a billion dollars loan guarantee yesterday. this is all part i think, of what look
interim government. keep in mind that in kiev, the interim government was officially voted in by parliament so we have the former economy and foreign minister known both to the u.s. and russia, by the way, now ukraine's prime minister and think about his first full day. i mean, those russian-speaking commandos carrying ak-47s and sniper rifles storming the crimean parliament building. third still inside this evening. they've raised the russian flag over the building. police have cordoned off the area in crimea. of course, an important russian enclave. the home of russia's black sea fleet. and now a pro-russian lawmakers we understand that they're going to try to have a referendum as soon as possible on separating from ukraine. meanwhile, there's vladimir putin's show of force, the surprise war games are in their second day. at least 150,000 troops of 900 tanks and some 200 aircraft and warships, they're all focused on russia's border with ukraine. so, there's real pressure there from russia. and, in fact, if it weren't enough to deal with now they have to figure out a way t
're manning ukraine's new frontline. this is crimea's main airport and the men are here to stop revolutionaries arriving from the capital and doing in crimea, what they have done in kiev, overthrow pro-kremlin leaders. overhead a flight of military helicopters and a sense that more battle lines are being drawn here. on top of crimea's parliament, russia's flag is flying, put there by armed men who occupy the building and set up barricades. ringed today by police and surrounded by crowds waving russian flags. crimea's russian-speaking majority is making its view crystal clear here. there is no need for russia to stoke pro-moscow loyalty. this place is awash with it. just beyond crimea's borders, russia is continuing its huge military exercises. 150,000 troops involved. russian jets flying along its border with ukraine. the message to ukraine's new leaders is loud and clear. majority is flexing its muscles. flying russian flags and patriotic songs. they are taking control here. the tug-of-war in crimea, ukraine's southern most area continues. this sis a power struggle with the wes
to abide by the terms of that agreement, fleeing kiev, and ultimately ukraine. the united states categorically rejects the notion that the new government of ukraine is a "government of victors." it is a government of the people and it is one that intends to shepherd the country toward democratic elections on may 25th - elections that would allow ukrainians who would prefer different leadership to have their views heard. and the united states will stand strongly and proudly with the people of ukraine as they chart out their own destiny, their own government, their own future. the bottom line is that, for all of the self-serving rhetoric we have heard from russian officials in recent days, there is nothing that justifies russian conduct. as i said in our last session, russia's actions speak much louder than its words. what is happening today is not a human rights protection mission and it is not a consensual intervention. what is happening today is a dangerous military intervention in ukraine. it is an act of aggression. it must stop. this is a choice for russia. diplomacy can serv
. may have to go to military centers around kiev and ukraine and report for duty, fighting men under 40 years old. we haven't seen, doesn't feel like this area itself is under threat, there's no military presence at the airport or around the square or on the roads. but the real concern is around the eastern border along the boarder with russia where you have a lot of russian speaking peoplea lots of russian loyalties. and the concern whether russian troops will advance in those areas, more importantly ukrainian forces can do at anything to defend against that. >> schieffer: all right. charlie, thank you so much. cbs news foreign correspondent, laura palmer is in southern ukraine and in route to the crimea region. >> thousands of russian troops are standing out over the crimean peninsula taking control. they're uniformed and they are setting up strategic location. many were based in the time i can't anyway with the russian black sea fleet on lease agreement with the ukraine. they left the bases and out on active duty. also appears some hounds of soldiers have been brought in from elsewh
in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry is in kiev right now. he is meeting with the new ukrainian leaders that deposed the pro-russian president. the trip is meant to send a message to russia that the u.s. supports ukrainian sovereignty. it coincides with a major u.s. aid announcement. angie goff has more. angie? >> big financial support behind ukraine. treasury secretary jack lew saying the white house is working to give a $1 billion loan package to the country. he adds that money is going to go towards economic reforms to get ukraine back on its feet. it will also help with planning elections. meanwhile also this morning, russian president vladimir putin warned that sanctions against his country would backfire on the west. he warned that russia is not trying to take over the crimea region in the ukraine. he ordered troops recently place there had to pull back. critical of ukraine's new leaders, putin says that the fwost that ousted president viktor yanukovcyh is a coup. he says right now military force is not necessary. this is the first time we've heard from putin since russian troops
the capital city of kiev, as protesters took over there, he finally appeared in russia at a raucous press conference and declared, i am ready to fight for the future of ukraine. but tonight, all eyes are on one man -- putin and what he'll do next. >>> i want to bring in jonathan karl, so jon, tell us where we stand at this moment, does the white house believe that russia has invaded ukraine and that requires a military response? >> well, look, the white house is not saying that, the president referred to reports of an invasion, but make no mistake, diane, you wouldn't have seen the president of the united states come out on national television and make a statement like that if he had any reason to doubt that the russian military is behind of what we're seeing in ukraine. no discussion of u.s. military involvement. >> the president talked about response and cost. what will happen first, next? >> they're deeply concerned about this, the president said very clearly there will be costs. you heard that in terry's story. they haven't specified this. the russians are hosting a major summit of ei
order, one of the gunmen said. we don't want radicals coming on planes from kiev. 60% of crimea's residents are ethnically russian. many here see the new ukrainian leadership as illegitimate, raising the prospect of a pro russian separatist rebellion. today they began massive military exercises on ukraine's border with some 150,000 troops involved. dimitri with the carnegie institute in moscow explains russia's decision. >> we mean business. we do not want to take over countries, but we will stand up to defend our interests. >> tensions have been further inflamed by the news that russia has helped viktor yanukovych who was wanted in ukraine on charges of mass murder in his role for the killings of 850 protesters last week. people here like 20-year-old student tania are appalled he will not face justice. >> i want people to kill him because he e's not human. he's a monster. >> he's a monster. >> yes. >> we're now waiting for that press conference from yanukovych. he's choosing to hold it not in the capital of moscow but in a city 50 miles from ukraine's border. that, of course, i
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